Early Years Series: Our current research

BY IN Early Years Dance NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , ,

This week we are continuing the blog series on Early Years dance.  Tasked with the job of creating a project to develop physical literacy in early years children, JumpStart (in conjunction with our local School Sports Partnership – Team Charnwood) has devised a dance project for reception classes.  By the end of the programme, 12

CONTINUE READING …

Early Years Blog Series

BY IN Early Years Dance NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , ,

It’s been a while since I’ve had chance to blog and one of the reasons is due to the amount of exciting projects we currently have on the go! JumpStart are working in conjunction with Team Charnwood to create and roll out an Early Years dance programme that develops children’s physical literacy. Teachers, occupational therapists

CONTINUE READING …

Things I do in the last 10 minutes before I teach

BY IN Teaching Tips NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , ,

Lately I’ve been attempting to systemise everything in my business to make it (and myself) more efficient.  Last week I participated in Rachel Holmes’ webinar, which focused on time management (for those of you who don’t know, Rachel is an amazing and inspiring fitness entrepreneur.  Check out choreographytogo.com for more information).  Since then, I have

CONTINUE READING …

5 ways to link The Olympics with Dance

BY IN Dance ideas NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , , ,

So the sun is shining and summer is approaching fast.  The Olympics are around the corner and to celebrate, I’ve listed 5 different ways you can incorporate The Olympics into your dance teaching this term. 1. Host a Samba Party In my blog post a few weeks ago I uploaded a video of Samba dancing. 

CONTINUE READING …

Dealing with overwhelm in teaching

BY IN Teaching Tips NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , ,

Feeling overwhelmed by your workload?  I have been.  Although it’s an absolute pleasure working as a primary dance teacher and running my own business, it can also be exhausting!  Whilst I don’t have lots of reports to write, assessments to mark and parents evenings to run, I’m always busy keeping my business moving forward and

CONTINUE READING …

Tips for how to keep children focused in your dance class

BY IN Teaching Tips NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Do you find that children can get a little over-excited when they’re dancing?  A big empty space, freedom to move…it can be difficult to to reign children back in and keep the momentum of your dance session. Based on my own experiences of teaching little ones, I’ve created this Vlog to share strategies for keeping

CONTINUE READING …

Fun Rock n Roll Dance Video

BY IN Dance ideas NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a video on my blog so I thought it was about time I added one!  As it’s getting towards the end of the academic year and things are (hopefully) winding down, the video I’m posting today will be a great idea for a fun and celebratory end-of-term session!

CONTINUE READING …

Keeping the dance class both fun and safe for young people!

BY IN Teaching Tips NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This week’s blog has been written by Charlotte Tomlinson, co-author with Edel Quin & Sonia Rafferty of Safe Dance Practice: An Applied Dance Science Perspective.  Enjoy!  And please buy the book – it is a BRAND NEW publication full of the MOST current information on principles of safe practice that are essential to any dance

CONTINUE READING …

Dance Made Easy – NEW Training Course!

BY IN Teaching Tips NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

JumpStart have just launched ‘Dance Made Easy’ – our brand new training event for primary school teachers.  This course has been developed in response to all the emails I’ve received over the past year from primary teachers asking for advice on music, planning, resources and creating dance for performances.  I’m putting in all the knowledge

CONTINUE READING …

We’re now a Change4Life local supporter!

BY IN News NO COMMENTS YET , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

We’re supporting Change4Life Did you know that if we carry on as we are, 9 out of 10 of today’s kids risk growing up with dangerous levels of fat in their bodies? This can cause serious illnesses like heart disease, cancer and type 2 diabetes in later life. So it’s really important that we all

CONTINUE READING …